Chair of Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind

Prof. Dr. Thomas Khurana

Chair of Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
House: 11, Room: 2.04

Assistant
Alexandra Stellmacher
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
House: 11, Room: 2.06
alexandra.stellmacher@uni-potsdam.de
Tel.: (+49 [0]331) 977-113135

You may book your own appointment for Thomas Khurana's office hours here (during the lecture period on Tuesdays 12:00-13:30 — during the semester break by arrangement).

News

CV

since 2020 — Chair of Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Mind, University of Potsdam

2020-21 — Max Kade Virtual Visiting Professor, Yale University

2017-20 — Heisenberg Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Yale University

2017-20 — Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex

2014-17 — Interim Chair, University of Leipzig and Goethe University Frankfurt

2010-11 — Humboldt Fellow, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

2009-14 — Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Excellence Cluster "Normative Orders", Goethe University Frankfurt

2009 — Heuss Visiting Lecturer, New School for Social Research

2005-09 — Research Assistant and Coordinator of the Graduate Research Group "Life Forms and Knowledge of Life", University of Potsdam 

Research Interests

Kant and Hegel; Post-Kantian European Philosophy; Social Philosophy; Ethics and Aesthetics; Philosophical Anthropology; Critical Theory; Psychoanalysis

Research Projects

Second Nature; Self-Consciousness and Self-Objectification; Sociality of the Human Life-Form

Publications

Monographs

Das Leben der Freiheit. Form und Wirklichkeit der Autonomie, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2017.

Sinn und Gedächtnis. Die Zeitlichkeit des Sinns und die Figuren ihrer Reflexion, München: Fink 2007.

Die Dispersion des Unbewussten. Freud – Lacan – Luhmann, Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag 2002.

 

Edited Books and Collections

Recognition and the Second Person, guest-edited special issue of the European Journal of Philosophy 29:3 (2021).

 Negativität: Kunst – Recht – Politik, ed. with D. Quadflieg, J. Rebentisch, F. Raimondi, D. Setton, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2018.

"Schwerpunkt: Ästhetik der zweiten Natur", in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 66:3 (2018), pp. 321-382.

The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives (Freiheit und Gesetz III), Berlin: August Verlag 2013.

"Philosophies of Life", guest-edited with C. Menke, special issue of Constellations 18:1 (2011), pp. 6-73.

Paradoxien der Autonomie (Freiheit und Gesetz I), ed. with C. Menke, Berlin: August Verlag 2011; second edition 2019.

Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff, ed. with S. Diekmann, Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2007.

 

Recent Papers

"The Struggle for Recognition and the Authority of the Second Person", in: European Journal of Philosophy 29:3 (2021), pp. 1-10.

"The Irony of Self-Consciousness", in: D. Finkelde, C. Menke, S. Žižek (eds.), Parallax: The Dialectics of Mind and World, London: Bloomsbury.

"Hegels Traum", Merkur-Blog, 27 August 2020.

"Stage of Difference: Civil Society in Kant and Hegel", in: M. Hartmann, A. Särkelä (eds.), Naturalism and Social Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives, London: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.

"Stufe der Differenz: Zur zweiten Natur der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft nach Kant und Hegel", in Korean translation published in: Hegel-Studien 48 (2020), ed. by the Korean Hegel Society, pp. 187-212.

"'I do not cognize myself through being conscious of myself as thinking': Self-Knowledge and the Irreducibility of Self-Objectification in Kant", in: Canadian Journal of Philosophy 49 (2019), pp. 956-979.

"Die Wiederkehr des Problems in seiner Lösung. Zu Rahel Jaeggis Kritik von Lebensformen", in: Philosophisches Jahrbuch 126:1 (2019), pp. 117-132.

"Politics of Second Nature. On the Democratic Dimension of Ethical Life", in: P. Stekeler-Weithofer, B. Zabel (eds.), Philosophie der Republik, Tübingen: Mohr 2018, pp. 422-436.

"Die Kunst der zweiten Natur und die andere Natur der Kunst", in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 66:3 (2018), pp. 339-361.

"The Self-Determination of Force: Desire and Practical Self-Consciousness in Kant and Hegel", in: Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus 13 (2015), pp. 179-204 [date of publication: 04|2018].

"Recht auf Rechte: Zur Naturalisierung und Politisierung subjektiver Rechte", in: Rechtsphilosophie – Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts 3:1 (2017), pp. 15-30.

"Bewusstsein des Lebens und lebendiges Selbstbewusstsein. Anmerkungen zu einem Übergang in Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes", in: A. Kern, C. Kietzmann (eds.), Selbstbewusstes Leben: Texte zu einer transformativen Theorie der menschlichen Subjektivität, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2017, pp. 353-388.

"'The Common Root of Meaning and Nonmeaning': Derrida, Foucault and the Transformation of the Transcendental Question", in: O. Custer, P. Deutscher, S. Haddad (eds.), Foucault/Derrida: Fifty Years Later, New York: Columbia University Press 2016, pp. 80-104.

"Die Kunst der zweiten Natur. Zu einem modernen Kulturbegriff nach Kant und Hegel", in: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 13:1 (2016), pp. 35-55.

"Paradoxes of Autonomy: On the Dialectics of Freedom and Normativity", in: Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 17:1 (2013), pp. 50-74.

"Life and Autonomy: Forms of Self-Determination in Kant and Hegel", in: T. Khurana (ed.), The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives, Berlin: August Verlag 2013, pp. 155-193.

 

Videos and Interviews

"Ironie des Selbstbewusstseins", contribution to "5 Minuten Hegel: Eine digitale Gratulation zu seinem 250. Geburtstag am 27. August 2020".

"Freedom’s Tendency to Get Ahead of Itself and Fall Short", Interview by Richard Marshall in: 3ammagazine, 25 August 2018.

 

A complete list of publications can be downloaded here

Various downloads can be found at:

https://uni-potsdam.academia.edu/ThomasKhurana

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Khurana

https://philpeople.org/profiles/thomas-khurana